Torture hearings this week
This week, Thursday Nov. 30, and Friday Dec.1, the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture will hold hearings at the Raleigh Convention Center on the realities and effects of the Bush-era rendition, detention, and interrogation (i.e., torture) program. Testimony will focus on the role of Aero Contractors Ltd., a CIA-front company still based in nearby Johnston County, that flew at least several dozen men to CIA black sites and to countries that routinely torture.
Twenty witnesses will testify before eleven commissioners at next week’s hearings. Witnesses will include torture survivors/family members, members of the military, and professionals who work against torture and assist torture survivors.
Hearings are open to the media and the public, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The Raleigh Convention Center is located at 500 S. Salisbury St. Please see www.nccit.org for a one-minute video on the issue, details on the hearings, witness bios, an RSVP form that is recommended but not required, and a link to support a crowdfunding campaign.